Due to the discovery of oil in the shallow waters of Angola, Sonangol, National Society of Hydrocarbons of Angola
took the decision to set up an Aeronautical Division, the embryo of SonAir, with the objective of supporting the oil exploration activity with
Created on October 10, 1979, the Sonangol-- DAR Aeronautics Division, began operations with aDakota DC-III aircraft, and to offshore operations with an Alouette III SA316B helicopter.
At this time, the first contract was signed with Texaco, an oil customer.
Six years later, on September 30th, 1985, the Aeronautics Division was constituted as a Directorate, being renamed as the Aeronautical Directorate of Sonangol.
With the large-scale expansion of oil exploration in Angola, SonAir Serviço Aéreo, SARL was formed by Sonangol, on 16 February 1998, as a Subsidiary of Sonangol, which later became SonAir Serviço Aéreo, S.A.
SonAir used to have Aircrafts of the type:
- Fokker 27
- Fokker 50
- Falcon 20
- Beechcraft 350
- Boeing 727
- Falcon 900
- Falcon 7X so
- Airbus 319
As well as :
- Dauphin N2
- Dauphin N3
- Sikorsky A
- Sikorsky A++
- Sikorsky C+
Today SonAir operates a completely modern fleet, and offers a quality service to its client portfolio.
The first aircraft of SonAir when the creation of the Division of Aeronautics in 1979: